Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing imminent arrest on sex misconduct charge

In perhaps the most stunning reversal of political fortune seen in recent memory, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will face arrest and an appearance in Albany City Court next month on a charge of forcible touching, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The onetime media darling on whom praise was lavished during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic was charged Thursday with a Class A misdemeanor charge, and according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, a summons will likely be issued next week for him to appear in court on Nov. 19.

Apple was asked whether it was correct to use the term “arrest” to describe the scenario facing Cuomo and if the former governor would indeed be placed under arrest in the coming days, and he replied, “Yes, yes,” the Examiner added.

During a press conference in Albany held on Friday, Apple explained, “The case is a very solid case, we have great information that was obtained, we’ve met our burden as far as probably cause, and we have filed.”

The criminal complaint against Cuomo claims that in December of 2020, he “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim and onto her intimate body part…” while at his official residence in Albany.

As ABC News noted, however, there was some initial confusion about Friday’s developments, as the filing of the charge reportedly came as a surprise to the local district attorney’s office, prompting Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi to declare Apple’s conduct as “unprecedented” and an “abuse of power” motivated by political disagreement.

In response, Apple acknowledged that the manner in which events unfolded was not ideal, but denied Azzopardi’s contention that the charge was political in nature, saying, “We handled this like we handle every other investigation. This charge fits the allegation and its fits the evidence.”

Cuomo memorably resigned from office back in August amid an onslaught of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, an expanding impeachment probe in Albany, and ongoing investigations into various aspects of his conduct during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean has long been among Cuomo’s harshest critics, as she attributes the COVID-19 deaths of her in-laws to the former governor’s pandemic nursing home policies, and upon hearing of the sex crime charge he now faces in Albany, she echoed the sentiments of countless others by expressing hope that this is “just the beginning” of his legal woes.